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Office for Coastal Management, 2022: Audubon Important Bird Areas,

Item Identification

Title: Audubon Important Bird Areas
Status: Completed

A compilation of Important Bird Areas for Continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska, created by the National Audubon Society.


To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Category planningCadastre
None coastal
None planning
None renewable energy

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None Exclusive Economic Zone
None Outer Continental Shelf
None Territorial Sea
None United States of America

Physical Location

City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Distribution Liability:

Data Set Credit: National Audubon Society, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1114602
Date Effective From: 2018-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1114612
W° Bound: -179.999989
E° Bound: 179.999989
N° Bound: 71.810069
S° Bound: 19.017784

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1114604
Download URL:

Distribution 2

CC ID: 1121086
Download URL:

Ocean Reports

Technical Environment


Version 6.2 (Build 9200) ; Esri ArcGIS

Data Quality


The attributes in this dataset are believed to be accurate.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Maximum scale of intended use is 1:80,000.

Completeness Report:

Spatial and attribute properties are believed to be complete, although attribute information has been simplified. Geometric thresholds from original data are preserved. No tests have been completed for exhaustiveness.

Conceptual Consistency:

These data are believed to be logically consistent. Geometry is topologically clean.



Audubon Important Bird Areas (IBAs)

CC ID: 1114608
Contact Name: National Audubon Society
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2018-05-01
Citation URL:
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

Audubon Important Bird Areas (IBAs) for the U.S.

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1114609

(1) Received download link from Joanne Wu at National Audubon Society (2) Downloaded the data package (3) Projected the data to World Mercator (4) Removed attributes not relevant to public

Process Date/Time: 2018-05-01 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 1114610

Extract all features overlapping Coastal Counties boundary with 50nm buffer selection. Repair geometry.

Process Date/Time: 2018-10-18 00:00:00
Source: Audubon Important Bird Areas (IBAs)

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity Coastal Audubon Important Bird Areas

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 66104
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:66104
Metadata Record Created By: Brianna Key
Metadata Record Created: 2021-12-21 21:33+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-12-22
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-12-22
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-12-22